For much of human history nature was our god. We worshipped the sun, the moon, or in Northern Europe the tree gods. Human gods followed. And then science arrived and seemed to sweep them all away. Yet now science and technology which once tamed nature is seen by many as plundering the planet and wrecking the climate. And the Gaia gods are back in fashion.

Were the ancients right, and nature the source of all things and that which we should guard most closely? Should we build a whole way of life, even a theology, with nature at its heart, and might such a radical change be the only way to save us?   Or is this a backward step, superstitious and dangerous, and instead renew our belief in progress and human ingenuity to solve our current problems?

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